IndigoCube, the certified consulting, training and software provider, has donated R10,000 to the Lerato Educational Centre.
The money, which is part of an annual donation for the past three years, will be used to develop infrastructure and prepare the school for formal classification with the Department of Education.
“Companies must ensure that their social efforts are put to the most effective use possible,” says Ziaan Hattingh, MD of IndigoCube.
“We chose to support Lerato Educational Centre three years ago and continue each year because it is only through sustained effort that real change can be effected.”
The centre is trying to register with the Department of Education which to date, despite various appeals, has been unsuccessful. The primary stumbling block at this stage is the lack of a lease agreement for its site.
Lerato Education Centre, in Jackson Drift, Lenasia, was established in 1999 by the Salesian Sisters at the request of the community’s Women’s Committee. A board of management followed and it was registered as a non-profit organisation.
The centre caters for babies to children aged 11, operates a crèche and a primary school and follows the Department of Education’s prescribed syllabus.
It employs 25 women, some being qualified teachers and others teachers in training, and it gives two Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3 classes, three Grade R classes, serves one group of four year-olds and two groups of babies.
“Ongoing teacher training is a high priority,” says Sister Mary, manager of Lerato Educational Centre. “We envision reaching the needs of the children and community and providing nutritious meals for the children and an outreach programme for the community.”
Families in the community are offered financial contributions, clothing, blankets and other materials, as well as help with gaining grants, hospital visits and HIV/Aids counselling. The centre has also helped build 40 shacks during the past two years for the neediest families and children.
Playgrounds have been established at the centre for soccer and netball, and they are used by various youth groups.
“We also have a small but necessary bursary scheme for young adults to obtain tertiary education,” says Sister Mary.
The centre is planning a community hall and has set up a working committee to achieve that end.